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2 Author(s)
Rissanen, J. ; IBM Research Division laboratory, 5600 Cottle Road, San Jose, California 95193, USA ; Langdon, G.G., Jr.

The earlier introduced arithmetic coding idea has been generalized to a very broad and flexible coding technique which includes virtually all known variable rate noiseless coding techniques as special cases. An outstanding feature of this technique is that alphabet extensions are not required. A complete decodability analysis is given. The relationship of arithmetic coding to other known nonblock codes is illuminated.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 2 )